Protest over race results
CLOSE racing in last Wednesday’s Whitsunday Sailing Club twilight race led to three competitors registering protests.
A grand fleet of 17 boats lined up for the race, with perfect weather conditions prevailing on the day.
Treasure VIII, skippered by Harold Menelaus, initially led Division 2 around the threelap course until Reignition, helmed by Charles Wallis, pipped them at the post to take line honours by just two seconds.
On corrected time, Queensland Marine Services (John Galloway) moved into first place, with Treasure VIII second, and Bobby D (Ross Winterbourne), taking the third place.
Lorna Rose Too (Pete Michelson), won the start in Division 3, travelling over the line with the pack close behind.
With a bit of jostling around the top mark, Anthea (Dewi Hughes) came first, with High Tide (Shannon Hart) eight seconds behind in second place and Masquerade (Tom Vujasinovic), in third.
After the race, two of the protests could not be resolved and it took a battle in the judging room to decide the result.
Eventually both protests were withdrawn and the inital results were upheld.